For 45 years, Michelle O’Brien suffered from severe asthma, once requiring an epinephrine injection from Overland Park Fire and Rescue to save her life. Today, thanks to bronchial thermoplasty therapy performed by Dr. James Kaplan at Overland Park Regional Medical Center, she has ended most of her medications and is back to running. Bronchial thermoplasty, the first non-drug therapy approved by the FDA for severe asthma is now being covered by many insurers.